Reuters – It was a wild night in the US presidential election campaign, with two parties vying for a third straight year.
But the latest polls showed Trump had won the election despite an alleged Russian hacking, and some analysts said that might be a problem for the future of American democracy.
Some of those analysts, however, said Trump’s win was the best case scenario for the US.
“The best case is that the US elections are safe, the worst case is Russia has gained the upper hand and now it is time to go back to normal,” said David Rohde, a professor at the University of Maryland.
Trump, who has frequently blamed the election on Russia, has repeatedly said he is the victim of a “hoax” and said Russia had hacked his opponents emails.
But Rohde said he believes Trump’s election victory will help the US “remain competitive economically, and in other respects” in the global arena.
The results were also cheered by the Republican establishment in the United States.
In a sign of the growing confidence in the political system, US House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican, called for a bipartisan investigation into the hacking and Trump.
“I think there’s no question that the Russians hacked into our political systems and our electoral systems and I think they are responsible for that,” Ryan told ABC’s This Week.
Trump also congratulated the Democrats, saying they had done “great things”.
“It’s very hard to beat the Russians.
They have a lot of money and power,” he said.”
And I think that this election has given them the confidence to go forward with some of the policies that they want to pursue.”
A US Senate special counsel said on Tuesday the Democrats will not be able to win back Congress if they do not provide him with evidence of Russian meddling.
“There is no doubt that they will not win back the majority of their own members and the American people if they fail to provide me with the information that is necessary to make that determination,” Republican Lindsey Graham told CNN.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday on whether there was any evidence of voter fraud.
Trump tweeted his congratulations to the Democrats after their surprise victory.
“Congratulations to all of our great voters who made this possible!” he said in the tweet.
“This is the greatest & most important election in history!”
The election results came as Trump and his advisers sought to assuage voters that the election was not stolen.
Trump said that the American election system had been rigged by a “rigged” system and blamed Russia for the hacking.
Trump has repeatedly called on the Russian government to release a list of the people it had hacked into his campaign in the past, including emails of Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other Democratic officials.
“Russia has been hacking our elections for a long time, and they’ve been doing it for a very long time,” Trump said.
“They’re trying to help me get re-elected.
They’re trying very, very hard.”
On Tuesday, he also sought to reassure voters that he was not under investigation.
“No, I’m not under any investigation.
I’ve never been under any kind of investigation,” Trump told ABC.
“I have nothing to hide.”US President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress in Washington, DC, United States, November 10, 2020.Reuters